I don't get the idea you are suggesting about Verlander.
I posted a Verlander discussion elsewhere (w/Steve) and pulled it plus some other stuff together here and then got frustrated when I deleted it by accident, so I just posted the final thought without the reasoning....let me try again...
As of maybe yesterday(?) Detroit has decided to sell. They actually tried to sell over the winter but found zero buyers at the player costs ($$) and desired return (prospects)....so they came into the season thinking about winning....now back to selling.
Detroit couldn't find a buyer for Verlander in the offseason....so the fact that he's posted lesser numbers and the fact that he has full no-trade protection makes the opportunity to trade limited at best. He's owed a ton of money still (2/56) and he only goes where he wants.
Verlander was born and raised (thru HS) NW of Richmond and went to college in Norfolk. I have no idea if he grew up an Oriole fan or not, but it's probably more likely than not and regardless, he may consider this area (baseball region wise) home. If Detroit is throwing in the towel, does he really want to hang out through his age36 season in a rebuild?....of would he rather go someplace that shows interest in winning that is more 'home'. (I don't know, maybe he considers Detroit home now in the same sense that Jones considers Baltimore home now....but I'd find out)
I'm suggesting trading for him and including a 2 year extension so that the deal is a 4/77 with the Orioles covering 4/50 of it. JV has the opportunity to structure it however he wants, but spreading Detroit's 27M out can encourage them significantly.
The Orioles could have a rotation of
Gausman (thru 2020)
Bundy (thru 2021)
Ross (thru 2021)
Miley (1/12) bridge to Akin/Lee
basically for the next 4-5 years. Plenty of time to build the next level of opportunity in the system and still puts you in a win now position.
I'll repeat something else I wrote before. I think getting a guy like Verlander in your rotation may really help a guy like Gausman. There's certainly some mental/emotional pressure with him being at the top of the rotation while guys like Tillman and UJ have had injury and performance issues)...changing that dynamic has the potential to bring back the Gausman we'd rather see pitch.